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Parks and Rec Board reviews 2013 accomplishments in annual report

February 14, 2014
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

The Estherville Parks and Recreation Board reviewed its annual report this past Monday.

The report highlighted much of the park work completed in 2013 as well as some of the upcoming projects still to be accomplished within the 2013-14 budget year.

Accomplishments for 2013 were listed by park.

In Thoreson, accomplishments included install a fence guard on the fields, installing a new scoreboard at Thoerson I field and new dugs for Thoreson fields II and III. To be done at Thoreson yet is to install ADA accessibility ramps and begin phase one of the plan to put a trail around the park.

At Mickelson Park, a new tree was planted at the rock garden, a basketball hoop was installed at the pool and staff continues to work to resolve a leak at the pool.

At Wayne King Park, the concrete was placed under the shelter and the shelter was painted. Plans are to install new equipment in the park in the future.

At Trinity Park, new equipment was installed. Plans are to repaint the remaining old equipment-the swings- this spring.

At Lincoln Park, four maples were planted. Plans are to complete the shelter/bathroom construction this spring.

Looking at the swimming pool numbers, patronage was down in 2013 from 2012.

But Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton noted 2012 was an abnormally hot summer during the 60 days the pool is opened.

For open swimming for the 60-day period in 2013, pool revenue, which include gate receipts, season passes and lessons, totaled $13,048. In 2012, pool revenue totaled $16,437.75.

In other business Monday, Clayton provided information on sanitary sewer improvements at Joe Hoye Park. The board has begun planning to install a new shelterhouse at the park, similar to the facility at Thoreson.

Clayton said the current restrooms use a septic system. Once the board members have the necessary information, they will have to decide whether to put in a new septic system or connect to the city sewer network, which would require going underneath the railroad. Clayton informed the board that she had an estimate of $3,900 from Jacobson-Westergard to complete the field work and acquiring the necessary permits for extending the city sewer.

The parks board also approved a request from the Estherville Lincoln Central High School Student Council to use Spurgin Park on Saturday, April 12 to conduct an event similar to the Color Run.



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